Battle of Helm's Deep

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Battle of Helm's Deep
ID5
NameBattle of Helm's Deep
CreatorDecipher
Release Date2003-03-12
Is Officialyes
PlatformsPaper, LotR-O, GEMP, mLOTRO, Tabletop Simulator, Lackey, gccg
Notes


Set Details[edit]

Battle of Helm's Deep is the first expansion of the Two Towers block, and the fifth set overall. It was released on March 12, 2003 and included many of the block's core concepts that Decipher wasn't able to release before The Two Towers movie came to theaters. The table below describes the distribution of cards in booster packs; it does not include the two starter-only companions, nor the alternate-image rares included in starter decks.

| ^ Common ^ Uncommon ^ Rare ^ Total ^ ^ Dunland [Dunland] | 0 | 2 | 2 | 4 ^ Dwarven [Dwarven] | 1 | 2 | 2 | 5 ^ Elven [Elven] | 1 | 3 | 1 | 5 ^ Gandalf [Gandalf] | 1 | 2 | 3 | 6 ^ Gollum [Gollum] | 4 | 3 | 3 | 10 ^ Gondor [Gondor] | 7 | 3 | 3 | 13 ^ Isengard [Isengard] | 8 | 9 | 9 | 26 ^ Raider [Raider] | 4 | 1 | 4 | 9 ^ Rohan [Rohan] | 7 | 4 | 5 | 16 ^ Sauron [Sauron] | 6 | 5 | 5 | 16 ^ Shire [Shire] | 1 | 3 | 3 | 7 ^ Sites | 0 | 3 | 0 | 3 ^ Total | 40 | 40 | 40 | 120

Themes and mechanics[edit]

Cultures[edit]

This set contained the release of the Culture Gollum.svg Gollum culture, as Decipher was not licensed to spoil images of Smeagol/Gollum before The Two Towers released in theaters. It also marked the re-introduction of the Culture Sauron.svg Sauron culture, which had been absent in the base set.

New loaded keywords[edit]

Battle of Helm's deep did not introduce any new loaded keywords.

New unloaded keywords[edit]

  • Knight
  • Fortification
  • Warg-rider

Other mechanics[edit]

  • Uruk-hai Berserkers
  • Widely expanded the number of cards with or referencing the Machine and Valiant keywords
  • Mumakil and Warg mounts
  • Culture Sauron.svg Sauron Trackers that lower site numbers rather than roaming costs

Card Comparisons[edit]

Reprinted cards[edit]

Functional reprints[edit]

Strictly better[edit]

Strictly worse[edit]

Starter decks[edit]

Eowyn Starter Deck[edit]

Rohan [Rohan] / Isengard [Isengard]

(This deck contained no random rares)

!Ring-bearer

  • Frodo, Tired Traveller (2 cards)
  • The One Ring, The Ruling Ring

Adventure Deck (9 cards)

  • [1T] Horse-country
  • [2T] Plains of Rohan Camp
  • [3T] Stables
  • [4T] Westemnet Hills
  • [5T] Helm's Gate
  • [6T] Hornburg Armory
  • [7T] King's Room
  • [8T] Nan Curunir
  • [9T] Palantir Chamber

Free Peoples (25 cards)

  • Eowyn, Daughter of Eomund x2 (starting)
  • Household Guard x3
  • Elite Rider x3 (starting)
  • Hobbit Sword x2
  • Rohirrim Bow x3
  • Rider's Mount x3
  • Rider's Spear x3
  • Rohirrim Helm
  • Thundering Host
  • Work for the Sword x3
  • Severed His Bonds

Shadow (24 cards)

  • Foul Horde
  • Isengard Flanker x4
  • Isengard Rider x3
  • Warg-rider x4
  • Warg-master x3
  • Warg x3
  • War-warg x3
  • Wolf-voices x3

Legolas Starter Deck[edit]

Elf [Elf] / Raider [Raider]

(This deck contained no random rares)

!Ring-bearer (2 cards)

  • Frodo, Tired Traveller
  • The One Ring, The Ruling Ring

Adventure Deck (9 cards)

  • [1T] Plains of Rohan
  • [2T] Wold of Rohan
  • [3T] Barrows of Edoras
  • [4T] White Rocks
  • [5T] Hornburg Parapet
  • [6T] Hornburg Armory
  • [7T] Hornburg Causeway
  • [8T] Wizard's Vale
  • [9T] Palantir Chamber

Free Peoples (25 cards)

  • Balglin, Elven Warrior
  • Gimli, Unbidden Guest (starting)
  • Legolas, Archer of Mirkwood x2 (starting)
  • Lorien Swordsman x3
  • Elven Bow x3
  • Elven Sword x3
  • Hobbit Sword x2
  • Break the Charge
  • Baruk Khazad
  • Khazad Ai-menu x2
  • Quick as May Be x2
  • Severed His Bonds
  • Valor x3

Shadow (24 cards)

  • Army of Haradrim
  • Desert Soldier x2
  • Desert Spearman x3
  • Desert Warrior x2
  • Southron Marcher x3
  • Southron Traveler x3
  • Southron Runner x3
  • Mumak x3
  • Whirling Strike
  • On the March x3
Sets
Official Sets Promotional Promotional
Movie Block Fellowship Block Towers Block King Block
Fellowship of the Ring Mines of Moria Realms of the Elf-lords The Two Towers Battle of Helm's Deep Ents of Fangorn Return of the King Siege of Gondor Mount Doom Reflections
War of the Ring Block Shadows Black Rider Bloodlines Expanded Middle-Earth
Hunters Block The Hunters The Wraith Collection Rise of Saruman Treachery & Deceit Age's End
Unofficial Sets The Hobbit Draft Game Packs Hobbit Draft Game Main Deck Hobbit Draft Game Shadow Packs Hobbit Draft Game Supplementary Packs
mLOTRO Cards MLOTRO Promo Cards MLOTRO Reflections II
Journey Continues Sets The Journey Begins